Liz Montegary


Liz Montegary received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching interests include feminist and queer cultural studies, transnational American studies, LGBT activist movements, the militarization of everyday life, and mobility, dis/ability, and the body. Her current book project, “Familiar Perversions: The Un-American Politics of the Gay American Family,” investigates the growing acceptance of LGBT-identified parents, and asks what this means for the future of queer politics in the United States and beyond. Refusing to interpret all forms of domesticity and reproductivity as dulling the possibility for any critically queer edge, this book argues that within the anxieties surrounding “the gay family” lies the potential for devising more radically imaginative ways of organizing sexual and political desires. In her next project, she extends her research on family politics by focusing on US military policies and programs that target the spouses and children of servicemembers. This work insists on thinking about the Pentagon’s interest in the fiscal and physical fitness of military families as a less discussed dimension in the privatization of war and empire. In a related project, she is co-editing with Melissa Autumn White a collection entitled “Mobile Desires: The Erotics and Politics of Mobility Justice,” which asks what becomes methodologically possible when mobilities researchers and mobility justice advocates grapple with feminist and queer theories of affect and embodiment.


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Fall 2015

2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008


Speakers and Titles:


Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"


Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"

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Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

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        June 2015

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